Chief of Party - Guatemala
*Position is contigent upon funding and donor approval.
PURPOSE OF POSITION:
Responsible for the overall implementation providing supervisory and administrative oversight to the project. The COP will oversee coordination with key stakeholders (including Government of Guatemala (GOG), civil society, the private sector and others) and lead preparation and oversight of any subcontract. Additionally, the COP will be responsible for communications with USAID for publicly representing the project and for liaising with the GOG and other institutions /stakeholders on issues related to rural and community development in Guatemala, particularly in the Western Highlands.
The COP is charged with leading a professional team in the accomplishment of the objectives and sub-objectives, in a complex environment. S/he must have a broad vision linked with a clear understanding of how to get things done amid the constraints of the country context. The COP will have overall responsibility for the management of all project activities and staff. S/he will have principal responsibility for representation for the projects to the United States Government (USG). The COP will serve as representative of the project and will be responsible for the activities and all long-term and short-term personnel under this grant. S/he will lead the management of the project’s technical assistance teams.
Direct and oversee the overall planning, implementation and management of the project as well as the achievement of the goals and objectives of the project in a timely and cost-effective manner.
Serve as the team lead for the project and ensure strong communication and coordination with and between all team members as a means to effectively achieve program objectives.
Encourage transparency among and between members to promote coordination and effectiveness.
Lead the planning of project activities and set high quality performance targets ensuring adherence to technical standards, best practices and donor guidelines.
Implement strategies, partnerships and interventions to guarantee the project is gender and ability-sensitive and that WV and implementing partners are accountable to beneficiaries.
Ensure grant management compliance for the project with donor and WV regulations.
Serve as the primary point of contact and collaboration for the team and in-country stakeholders, including USAID, implementation partners, government partners and other key stakeholders.
Ensure timely, high-quality and complete submission of work plans, quarterly and annual reports, financial reports, and any other reports required by the donor.
Promote sustainability of project activities with effective networking, linkages to other programs, capacity building of project staff, and strengthening of implementing partners and community-based organizations.
Organize and direct the work of local staff and short-term advisors. Provide supervision, training and performance appraisals.
Establish leadership and personal credibility and implement and maintain clearly understood chain of authority and accountability.
Ensure proper technical capacity of staff to manage complex government funded projects.
Manage grant/project budget within approved spending levels and ensure accurate and timely financial reports to donors and WVUS staff.
Ensure grant/project expenses are reasonable, allocable, prudent and spent in accordance with donor rules and regulations to ensure clean audits.
Evaluate program effectiveness and determine corrective action needed to improve goal achievement.
Attend and participate in weekly chapel services and daily devotional meetings.
Perform other duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
At least a Master´s degree in public policy, political science or other related fields.
5 years of senior management experience with progressively increasing responsibilities managing development projects. Familiarity with USG programs, their history and their development; mastery of USAID regulations governing such programs; ability to integrate teams of professionals around common goals; demonstrated accomplishment in working with host-country professionals, ministries and with donor colleagues in country; leadership of large and diverse teams; diplomacy, strong presentation skills, speaking and writing.
Bachelor degree in public policy, political science or other related fields and 5 years of senior management experience with progressively increasing responsibilities managing development projects or 10 years of senior management experience to substitute the education requirement.
Management operational and administration experience expertise.
Experience working with senior government officials and building consensus among diverse actors.
Experience managing USG complex contracts and agreements required.
Speaking and writing fluency in English and Spanish.